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Old 12-13-2004, 08:21 AM   #1
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Audio / Visual Install in my STi

Equipment

- Alpine CDE-9827 cd/mp3/wma playback
- Remote mount DVD player
- Soundstream Van Gogh 320.4 4x80 rms @ 4ohm
- Alpine Type R components in doors and A pillars
- Alpine Type S 4" coaxial for rear fill
- Soundstream Van Gogh 10" subwoofer 4ohm DVC
- MattJK screen
- All Streetwires wiring
- Front doors and trunk floor covered with sound deadening from Parts Express
- All door and trim popits are held in place with flexable silicone(Goop).

A pillar tweeter install

I moved the tweeters to the A pillars based on some things I had read here. And I am very pleased with the improvement in my front stage.
The pillars were covered in speaker grill cloth from partsexpress.com.


Driver side completed.

Close up of tweeter. I used the tweeter mount and foam behind the grill cloth to build it up so it looked molded in.

Completed unit.

A pillars installed.







Head Unit and MattJK screen

The head unit was moved to the clock location with a Subaru accessory din tray and cover. And a MattJK screen was added.
My screen arrived last week. And I am very pleased with it. Matt's a good guy who makes an excellent product. The screen could pass for OEM.
But his screens are so popular that there is a lengthy delay. I hope Matt is able to find a way to increase production, because his product is excellent.





My shots of the screen look really washed. But the color is very vibrant in real life. I should have played with my camera settings more.
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Old 12-13-2004, 08:22 AM   #2
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Amplifier and Subwoofer Enclosure

Both the amp and subwoofer are from Soundstream. I bought these items based on my past experience with Soundstream. Not knowing that they had been bought out by Power Acoustik.
But I must say I am very pleased with both. The Van Gogh line is still designed by the original Soundstream engineers and built in the USA.
The front channels on the amp power the components and the rears are bridged to the subwoofer.

The enclosure is .6 cu/ft and built from 3/4 mdf, wood glue, silicone and 2" screws.

I wanted to do something more custom but for now this will work. I simply mounted the amplifier to the two bars behind the seat and used L brackets to hold the box in place.

I did a test run with the speaker firing up. With the intention of possibly building a false floor, but the low end was non-existent. So until I can come up with a nice rear firing layout this will have to do.







So far I am extremely pleased with this system. It is by far one of my most favorite setups I have ever owned. My only gripe is the DVD player has no memory functions. So whenever you cut the car off you have to start all over. Volume settings and all... So I would like to go to a head unit with DVD playback when they get a bit more affordable.
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Old 12-13-2004, 08:59 AM   #3
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OMG..the tweeter setup is awesome...
Your making me want to do some audio..
Looks great
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:03 AM   #4
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OMG..the tweeter setup is awesome...
Your making me want to do some audio..
Looks great
thanks man.. it sounds great too
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:07 AM   #5
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Looks great Baked1!1!

Got any shots of the DVD player?
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:07 AM   #6
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Great install BC!!!
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:14 AM   #7
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Wow, very nice. I especially like the tweater reloacation. Do you have any install pics on those? I also like how you covered the a-pillars, do they match up well with the ceiling?
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:16 AM   #8
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Wanna do another set of tweets in the pillars? I have been looking to do exactly that but yours looks great!

I could give you some Alpine SPX-177A speakers for your trouble!!! Or cash....either one...

I just ordered new speakers for up front (a/d/s 320i) and am also having surgery on my shoulder next week....and I want these damn things installed....

What DVD player did you get? I ran one of the clamshell types out to a screen like this for a buddy of mine and it was very easy to work with...and you can get them on sale now for 150$ from Kohls.

And I know Soundstream got bought but I have not heard anything but positives about Soundstreams new stuff.
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:33 AM   #9
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Got a link to the Kohl's DVD player Brian?
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:34 AM   #10
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here is the dvd player


the cloth isnt a perfect match for the ceiling, but its a nice transistion from the dark dashboard..
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:38 AM   #11
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BryanH you have a PM
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:39 AM   #12
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Thanks B4k3d!1!!!
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:42 AM   #13
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Why did you put your tweeters on the A-pillar?

Its best to only have them about 6 or 8 inches max away from the midwoofer.
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:50 AM   #14
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The Kohls DVD player isn't listed online. Its an in-store only thing...and that price is after the mail in rebate of like 50$. Its a 7"wide screen Mintek. My wife bought the 10" Mintek unit from Costco for 350 and its great at keeping the kids quiet!

But after thinking about it I would probably pony up the extra cash and get one of the GoVideo units that is a bit more durable if its gonna be in the car all the time.

The one my buddy got was the 800$ Samsung unit and he uses the screen in it for his back seat passengers and runs the video/audio out to his screeen back up front. It works pretty good...but its kinda overkill.

Thats kinda odd that you have to reset the whole DVD player every time you start the car...is that how its supposed to operate? hmmm......
So Baked....wanna do a set of tweets for me?
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:50 AM   #15
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great install... your A pillars are excellent, im really likin that look. Despite what most internet geniuses say, the tweeters are best positioned where they sound the best to you, not some critic sitting 500 miles away.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:14 AM   #16
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Why did you put your tweeters on the A-pillar?

Its best to only have them about 6 or 8 inches max away from the midwoofer.

because the factory location sucks, and putting them in kick panels brings the sound stage to low. Quite a few people have gone to this setup, and theres a few threads on it. You just have to get the speaker phasing to your liking.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:25 AM   #17
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because the factory location sucks, and putting them in kick panels brings the sound stage to low. Quite a few people have gone to this setup, and theres a few threads on it. You just have to get the speaker phasing to your liking.

And the big question is (unless I missed it) what did you wind up doing with the phase of the tweets?

Maybe you should consider making some extra cash out of the tweet job. It looks great, and is exactly what I want to do. Of course your results look better than what I would probably wind up with but we will see. Care to share a link to which fabric you went with and also maybe another pic from the back seat showing the dash and headliner with the A-pillar all together?

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Old 12-13-2004, 10:29 AM   #18
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I went with the left and right tweet out of phase with each other. Im interested in seeing how they sound with the tweets out of phase with the mids. But im pleased with what my ears hear now..

the material came from www.partsexpress.com the actual product is here http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=260-337 but the one roll i have would do probably 5 sets of pillars.. I was a bit extreme in my initial cut and wasted quite a bit of material..

BryanH is already talking with me about doing a set for him. If anyone else is interested just PM me.

Ill see what i can do about the back seat pic.. It would be nice if I hade a wide angle or fisheye lense.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:32 AM   #19
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where in va are you?
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:33 AM   #20
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where in va are you?
Southern, VA off 85. I'm 9 miles from NC..
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Old 12-13-2004, 11:55 AM   #21
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VERY nice install. Love the tweeter mounting. One question, did you bolt your amp directly to the black honeycomb material on the back of the seat? If so, how does it hold up during bumpy roads and sharp turns? I wanted to mount there but was afraid of the screws ripping out and tossing my amp around.
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Old 12-13-2004, 12:13 PM   #22
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Very clean, bravo. Just wondering, what did you do to prep the a-pillar for the speaker cloth and to make it stick so consistently (the weave of the cloth is like perfectly aligned)? I've never worked with speaker cloth before though so i dunno how it behaves. Did you sand and apply a spray adhesive of some kind? Looks really sharp.
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Old 12-13-2004, 12:23 PM   #23
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Holy fqn sheeet!!

that looks very nice
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Old 12-13-2004, 12:35 PM   #24
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When I get some speakers..I need you to do mine Chris..
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Old 12-13-2004, 01:08 PM   #25
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Not to hijack a thread but....

hey enewtabie...I have some Alpine SPX 177a's for sale. One of the woofers *might* be screwed but they are replaceable from here http://www.hermanelectronics.com/Ite...Frecno=4857668

Aside from that they are perfect. I am ordering a/d/s to replace these.

I would sell them with the spacers for 75$....
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